SimHQ Motorsports will run 3 cars in Virtual Endurance Championship Season 11.
Returning for their second year in VEC Division 2 LMP2 Class is the team of Jon Uyan, Greg Hall, Brian van Beusekom, and Nic da Silva.
When Viper Racing was released in 1998 by Sierra Entertainment I got into playing racing games for good. Because that game had a simulation aspect to it, bringing a different quality to racing on the PC. With the release of Sports Car GT by ISI in 1999 I really got hooked on sim racing. Any sim racing game you can think of since then I own it, except GPL, my PC just not powerful enough to run it at the time.
Being a mechanic and especially suspension-steering-alignment specialist made it easier for me to dive into setups and the technical aspects of sim racing and have been enjoying setting up all kinds of cars in various disciplines.
I have been racing online only since 2012. I had a good record at Race2Play league in first 3 years: 11 driver championships, 39 team championships, 46 wins, and 20 track records (until the league closed last year). Later on at Champion Motorsports, I won 8 driver titles in various chapters and 1 driver title at Simhq Motorsports. But one of the best of all probably was winning the 24H Nordschleife race in touring class at P1 Gaming in 2016.
I have been managing sim racing teams since 2012 and also have been racing steward at CMS the last 2 years. I really enjoy this hobby greatly and appreciate all the wonderful friends I have met, became teammates with or raced against over the years. There is no stopping for me yet.
Home: USA Native: Turkey.
I first came into simulations by stumbling upon F1 Challenge 99-02 in a bargain bin. After learning how mod-friendly the game was, I was hooked. Bought a steering wheel, and 15 years later, I’m still doing this. I’ve never strayed from ISI simulators, moving through rFactor and now currently run rFactor 2 only.
I’ve been racing competitively since 2010, winning many leagues at Champion Motorsports. Have been racing in SimRacing.club’s Virtual Endurance Championship and Virtual Le Mans Series since 2016. I’m 33 years old and currently moonlight as an accountant. Home: USA
Brian van Beusekom
I’ve been racing for at least 10 years already. It started with Colin McRae Rally 2005, trying to beat times my father set. Later I got rFactor 1 which I liked, but I never really got into it. When I came across Assetto Corsa, I got back into sim racing. AC was the reason I got a proper wheel and joined a league.
In this league, I managed to win two championships and met some great people who I still race with. Through those people, I also found different communities, including Simhq Motorsports. Home: The Netherlands
Nic da Silva
Back for their second year together in VEC is the LMP2 team of car #220 driven by Don Baumbach, Cosimo Streppone, and Tobias Lange.
A little bit about me… middle-aged, family man, living in the Northwestern region of the United States, with a career in the aerospace industry. When I have time for myself, I enjoy running, hiking, and sim racing.
What got me started in sim racing? I visited a sim racing venue in the UK back in 2010 and got hooked. Soon after, I started doing the research to build my own racing simulator and I started searching for online events. I found SimHQ Motorsports (SHQM) and knew it was the right place for me. I participated in many of the online races they were hosting (F1, V8Supercar, SCES, IndyCar).
I have been driving for SHQM in SRC’s Virtual Endurance Championship since Season 7. Most memorable was the 1st place finish in the GT-AM class at VEC LeMans 24hr in Season 8 (Division 2), and overall winner VEC LeMans 24hr in Season 10 (LMP1-Division 3).
Cosimo is an Italian living in Norway. He’s always been fond of simulations and racing games, back when the term sim-racing didn’t exist yet. The games of the day were Indy 500 by Papyrus and Formula One Grand Prix by Geoff Crammond on the Amiga, and later GP2 and GP3 on the PC.
Took a prolonged break from gaming until the end of 2012, when he decided to buy his first steering wheel and a few months later discovered rFactor 2. Not knowing what he’d get into, he bought it and that started his sim-racing addiction.
This crazy Italian then decided to build a dedicated sim-racing computer and rig, upgraded steering wheel and pedals, and soon after joined an rF2 league of historic car racing fans, learned what heel and toe is, for good measure.
After a couple of seasons there, Cosimo discovered the wonderful world of endurance racing thanks to Doug and his SimHQ Motorsports effort, first in the eGT1 experimental series, then the SCES. He slowly realized that endurance racing was the real deal, a type of racing that also requires strong consistency and mental discipline.
An interesting opportunity came about when a seat in the SHQM LMP2 car became available for the last race of the VEC S7 season at Le Mans, a real 24-hour race!
Since then, Cosimo has been participating in the VEC championship with the SHQM team every season. There have been many fantastic races. The best results were a win in the GTE-AM class for the S8 24h of Le Mans and the absolute first place at the S10 24h of Le Mans in the LMP1 category.
Favorite simulator: rFactor 2
Favorite tracks: Sebring, Monza
Favorite cars: 1960 and 1990 F1s, GP3, LMP1
I started with online sim racing in 2015. In the beginning, I did shorter races without scoring system, but soon I realized, that I liked longer races. So I was asked to replace somebody for a 24-hour race at Le Mans and said “yes”.
In 2016-2017 I did my first full season in the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC) with some good results in the GT class (One P3 finish and two P5 finishes). In 2017-2018 I switched to SimHQ Motorsports and we won the 24-hour race at Le Mans.
My other hobbies are running (up to marathon distances) and developing a 3D game.
A new team, car, and Division for VEC Season 11 is the GTE BMW #399 of James Andrew, Blazej “Blazo” Myszk, Steven Hill, and Tim Collier.
This middle-aged bloke from Britain first enjoyed serious racing (and flying) games back in the mid-90’s on his Commodore Amiga. He later raced successfully in Grand Prix Legends leagues while still a keyboard racer, and also drove his share of Gran Turismo Skylines.
Once he gained his first wheel and pedals, he was dragged further into the hobby, and now has extensive experience in rFactor2, iRacing, Assetto Corsa, and more. Loves setting a car up as much as actually racing it.
The very definition of a Gentleman Driver, he doesn’t challenge the fastest out there, but he is keen, persistent, and clean. Happy to take on awkward race stints, and will always bring the car home.
He’s been part of this same gang of drivers for several years now, and is still on speaking terms with the one teammate he’s met in real life! Home: Great Britain
Blazej “Blazo” Myszk
Did you ever wonder how doing something like breathing or brushing teeth every morning is so important? For me, it is sim racing. I was born in glorious 1999 and have been “racing” in games since 2003 when I got a magnificent WingMan controller. Since then I’m doing sometimes less or sometimes more progress. I started from Sports Car GT by ISI, then rFactor, and now Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2.
My biggest progress was in 2013 in rFactor when I signed up for my first league Dix-racing.pl and ended-up 4th overall. That’s when I understood I just can’t be without racing. Because I couldn’t afford to be a real racing driver, so I decided to try to be “the fastest” as the sim racer.
My second biggest opportunity came from Jon Uyan by attending the 2017 24h Nordschleife organized by P1-Gaming. I drove in Horizon Motorsports #65 where we placed 7th. Now, I’m in the Simhq Motorsports team in 24h series and in the Simhq Motorsports Red team in P1-Gaming’s Super Trofeo Cup. I know that there is still a very long path that I must follow to be “the fastest”, but the thing is to never give up!
I first set myself down behind the wheel, way back when my father introduced me to Geoff Crammond’s GP2. From that moment, my interest exploded into racing whenever I could, with my craving fully developing with the yearly release of Formula 1 games on the playstation 1.
It was quite some time before I truly broke out on the sim racing side of things on PC, but once I got my own rig, and started out with a Formula Force EX wheel, that’s when things took an upward trend.
I started racing at SimHQ quite some time ago, in the then SCES series, then into the STCC series (Skoda championship on rF1) where I picked up a handful of wins, and pole positions, the most rewarding race being the Suzuka round picking up 3 podiums from 3 races and 2 race wins despite the success ballast.
With a thirst for racing, I branched out and took part in the Core-Racing UK Formula 1 season of 2012. Averaging a finishing position of 5th place in most races, the highlights being a P3 at Monaco and a P2 finish, again at Suzuka. It wasn’t until the Indian GP where I made a real claim to being a front runner, claiming pole and leading my first race of the season but an error into the race under increasing pressure resulted in a DNF. Come seasons end, that DNF cost me a top 3 result in the overall series, and thus I placed P4 overall.
Alongside the sim racing exploits, I’d pursued a real world racing career. Notching up a fair few Karting victories and a local series title, before going on to test higher classes from single seaters to endurance & GT’s. Now with no budget in the real world, I’m back and eager to make my mark back in sim racing, alongside my streaming of various racing titles (Mostly F1).
Favourite Simulation: rFactor 2 & F1 2018
Favourite Tracks: Suzuka, Spa, Silverstone & Daytona Road Course. Favourite Cars: Formula 1 – 1990 – 2008, WEC, BTCC and many more. Specific car favourite: Minardi F1 Cars from 1995 until 2005.
While a racing fan my entire life (my Dad was a mechanic), I began sim-racing in 1994 with IndyCar Racing by Papyrus, going from keyboard, to joystick, to a flight yoke, and finally a Thrustmaster T1 to drive, and even raced on Hawaii, Papyrus’ first multiplayer server for NASCAR Racing where you had to call Boston through your dial-up modem…. long distance bills to Boston! Yikes!
In 1996, NASCAR Racing 2 started an online racing frenzy where you could call a local number and jump in pick up races, and host races, all part of a subscription fee on a service known as TEN. That’s when I began league racing. About this time I met David Anderson, and in 1999 he started a new league Champion Motorsports. From there, we raced any sim we could get our hands on, and while David and I were big NASCAR fans at the time, once we started road racing we were hooked and took the league into multiple directions with GTR, GT Legends, and eventually with rFactor.
Around 2007, I joined a small group of modders and helped create an endurance mod for rFactor, as my big interest was now endurance racing and we couldn’t find anything I liked, so we built our own! It was a huge success, but after almost 5 stressful years of modding and racing, I had serious burn-out and took a break, then rejoined CMS in 2012 to start league racing again. I’ve been a member at iRacing since 2008 when it started, but I’ve only run around 20 pick-up races as I enjoy league racing more, being on the track with the same drivers week in and week out.
Last year, after racing with Jon Uyan and Greg Hall in rFactor2, I began following SRC and the VEC series, even watching several hours of Le Mans this past June and hoping one day that I’d get the opportunity to join such a league and team. While I have yet to fulfill my licensing requirement with SRC, I’m trying to support the team by managing the car during the race, and helping any way that I can.
I can only hope that by Race 4 of this season I can help from behind the wheel too.